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Win Patrol gives you an easy way to comb through existing background-loading programs. Its 'info' button provides basic details, including the company name, version, and startup location,enough to help you figure out which entries are removable. The free version is good, but I strongly urge you to spend a couple of dollars for the Pro (PLUS) version. Its comprehensive database gives you more details and specific recommendations for which programs to keep and which to remove. I promise you'll get that money back by eliminating your system tray headaches.